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Discussion on: I changed career to software development without a CS degree, Ask Me Anything!

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Dan Schmidt

What was your education and career experience prior to making the switch to software development?

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Justin J Ask Me Anything

I did Chemistry at university and then worked in the pharmaceutical industry for a while. I got a job in QA hoping to get into research, but they closed the research department a few months after I joined. It was pretty boring. Plus, there were almost annual rounds of redundancies (layoffs), so I figured we didn't have long. The whole plant has closed now.

As I planned my career change, I tried to get more into anything computer related, so took on adminstration of document control sytems and stuff like that.

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Justin J Ask Me Anything

Just to add to this; I'm not a boffin and I'm not some kind of super intelligent person who finds everything easy. If anyone reading doesn't have a degree, don't let this put you off asking :).